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Los Angeles Truck Accident Attorneys

Protecting Truck Accident Victims in Los Angeles, CA

Trucks can have a tough time safely navigating the often tight and winding roads of Los Angeles’s surface streets and highways. The size and weight of trucks can make it difficult to maneuver through narrow lanes and make sudden stops in dense traffic, even when drivers exercise the utmost caution. Any form of negligence can increase the already heightened risk of truck collisions, which can easily leave victims with potentially life-altering injuries.

If you recently suffered injuries in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, you should not wait to discuss your legal options with our solutions-oriented team at Carpenter & Zuckerman. These cases tend to be more complicated than other car accident claims, as one or more parties – including parties other than the truck driver – may be legally responsible for your injuries. Fortunately, our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers are prepared to investigate these cases, establish liability, and recover compensation for victims. To that end, we have recovered over $2 billion for our clients in our firm’s 25-year history. Now, our team is ready to provide the aggressive advocacy you deserve!

You have limited time to take legal action, so contact us online or call (888) 484-2033 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation if you were harmed in a Los Angeles truck accident. Se habla español.

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A truck accident involves any collision or crash that includes a large commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck, big rig, 18-wheeler, or other heavy trucks. These accidents can result in severe damage and injuries due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including driver error, mechanical failure, road conditions, and weather.

Common types of truck accidents include:

  • Jackknife Accidents: Occur when the trailer of a truck swings out to the side, forming a 90-degree angle with the cab. This can happen due to sudden braking or slippery road conditions.
  • Rollover Accidents: Happen when a truck flips onto its side or roof. This can be caused by taking a turn too quickly, overloading the truck, or uneven road surfaces.
  • Rear-End Collisions: Involve a truck hitting the vehicle in front of it. These accidents are often due to the truck not being able to stop in time because of its heavy load and longer stopping distance.
  • Underride Accidents: Occur when a smaller vehicle slides underneath the trailer of a truck, often resulting in severe injuries or fatalities. This can happen if the truck stops suddenly or if the smaller vehicle is following too closely.
  • Blind Spot Accidents: Take place when a truck driver is unable to see a vehicle in their large blind spots and changes lanes or turns, causing a collision.
  • Tire Blowouts: Result from a tire suddenly losing air pressure and causing the driver to lose control of the truck. This can lead to the truck swerving or rolling over.
  • Wide Turn Accidents: Occur when a truck swings wide to the left before making a right turn, potentially colliding with vehicles in adjacent lanes.
  • Head-On Collisions: Involve the front ends of two vehicles hitting each other. These are often the most deadly, especially when one of the vehicles is a truck due to its size and weight.
  • T-Bone Accidents: Happen when the front of a truck crashes into the side of another vehicle, often at intersections. This can be due to running a red light or failing to yield.
  • Lost Load Accidents: Occur when improperly secured cargo falls off the truck, creating hazards for other road users. This can lead to multiple vehicle collisions and severe injuries.

Who Is Responsible for a Los Angeles Truck Accident?

In the aftermath of a truck accident, determining liability can be a complicated process, as multiple parties may bear responsibility. Our Los Angeles truck accident lawyers can investigate what specifically led to the accident and work to identify all liable parties.

Depending on what happened, one or more of the following parties could be liable for a truck accident:

  • The truck driver. If the truck driver’s violation of traffic laws or reckless operation of their vehicle led to the collision, they may be found liable for the resulting damages. 
  • The truck driver’s employer. The company employing the truck driver involved in the accident could be held legally responsible if there is evidence demonstrating inadequate driver training, the enforcement of unrealistic delivery schedules that lead to driver fatigue, or failure to conduct proper maintenance on their fleet.
  • The truck manufacturer. If an accident is caused by a defective truck part, the manufacturer of the truck or the specific part can be held liable. This includes situations where brakes fail, steering systems malfunction, or tires blow out due to manufacturing or design defects.
  • The truck maintenance company. Companies contracted to perform maintenance on trucks can be liable if their failure to properly inspect, repair, or maintain a truck leads to an accident. 
  • The cargo loading company. Companies responsible for loading cargo can be held liable if their failure to improperly load or secure cargo in the truck contributed to the accident.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Los Angeles, CA

Negligence is to blame for many truck collisions. This negligence can manifest in various forms and may involve one or multiple parties.

Our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys are prepared to represent you in cases involving many types of negligence, including (but not limited to):

  • Distracted driving. For truck drivers, even a brief moment of distraction can have dire consequences due to the vehicle's massive size and momentum. Texting, calling, or even navigating GPS systems can divert attention away from the road, making it difficult to react promptly to traffic changes, road signs, and the actions of other drivers.
  • Speeding. Given the extensive weight and size of trucks, stopping distances are considerably longer than those for smaller vehicles. Speeding exacerbates this issue, severely limiting the driver's ability to halt the truck safely in unexpected traffic conditions or emergencies and thus increasing the likelihood of rear-end collisions or the inability to maneuver safely around obstacles.
  • Lack of training. Sufficient and ongoing training is crucial for truck drivers, especially when navigating through congested urban areas like Los Angeles. Without proper training, drivers may not fully understand how to effectively manage the size and weight of their vehicle under various traffic conditions. This includes a lack of knowledge on how to respond to emergencies, use mirrors to monitor traffic, and maintain vehicle control during critical maneuvers. Insufficient training on safe driving practices and familiarity with traffic laws further increases the risk of accidents, as drivers are less prepared to anticipate and react to the challenges of urban driving.
  • Improper loading. The way a truck is loaded can heavily influence its handling and stability. Overloading or poorly distributed weight can make a truck difficult to control, especially on turns or when making sudden maneuvers. In extreme cases, it can lead to jackknifing or rollover accidents.
  • Lack of maintenance. Regular maintenance is essential for keeping trucks in safe operating condition. When maintenance is neglected, critical components such as brakes, tires, lights, and steering systems may fail, increasing the risk of accidents. This negligence can stem from both trucking companies looking to cut costs or drivers not adhering to pre-trip inspection requirements.
  • Defective truck components. Catastrophic failures can occur on the road when components like brakes, tires, engines, and transmission systems fail or do not work as intended due to design defects or oversight in manufacturing processes. 
  • Fatigue. The pressure to meet delivery deadlines can sometimes push truck drivers to forgo adequate (and mandatory) rest breaks. Fatigue drastically impairs cognitive function, reaction times, and decision-making abilities, similar to the effects of alcohol. 
  • Failure to obey traffic regulations. This encompasses a range of behaviors, from running red lights to illegal turns to changing lanes abruptly without proper signaling. Such actions can confuse or surprise other road users, leading to situations where accidents can become almost inevitable.

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I Was Hit by a Truck on the 10 Freeway, but the Accident Was Partially My Fault. Now What?

If you were injured in a truck accident on the 10 but believe the accident was partially your fault, you might still be eligible to recover some compensation thanks to California's comparative negligence law. This legal principle allows for compensation to be awarded even if you are partially responsible for the accident. However, the amount of compensation you can receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.

For example, if it's determined that you were 30% at fault for the accident due to a driving error and your damages total $100,000, you can still recover 70% of the damages, which in this case would be $70,000. Our team understands how to effectively approach complex claims involving comparative negligence and can fight to secure as much compensation as possible.

If you are not sure whether you have a case, we encourage you to discuss your situation with our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys. Call (888) 484-2033 or contact us online today!

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